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" Prove all things —hold fast that which is good," — Paul. 

I*nce Qd., or to be returned when called for. 



An Apostle of Jesus Christ, to the people of tlie coasts 
and islands of the Pacific, of every nation, kindred, and 
tongue — Greeting : — 

It has pleased the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who died 
on a Roman Cross at Jerusalem, one thousand eight hundred 
and fifty years since, and who arose from the dead on the 
third day ; and, after giving commandments to his apostles, 
ascended into the heavens, henceforth to reign till his enemies 
are made his footstool ; to send forth his angels in this 
present age of the world, to reveal a new dispensation. 

Thus restoring to the earth the fulness and purity of the 
gospel, the apostleship, and the church of the Saints, ivith all 
its miraculous gifts and blessings. 

Which gospel, thus restored, with its apostleship and 
powers, must be preached to every nation, kindred, tongue, and 
people under the whole heavens, with the signs following them 
that believe : and then shall the Lord Jesus Christ, the great 
Messiah and King, descend from the heavens in his glorified, 
immortal body, and reign with his Saints, and over all the 
kingdoms of the earth, one thousand years. 

Having obtained a portion of this ministry, and being ap- 
pointed and set apart by my brethren of the apostleship, to 
take the presidency and especial charge of a Mission to the 
countries mentioned herein — which includes nearly one-half of 
the globe — I have, in pursuance of these responsibilities, com- 
menced my mission by sending forth this proclamation ; first, 
in English ; and to be translated and published by especial 
messengers, in due time, in every language and tongue included 
within the bounds of the Mission. 

rcrxn~x%n, \iiitvmj^ uccTcTrei-i izij oDjGct, pui'pose, destiiiatlon. 

and commission) I hereby invite, and most earnestly plead with 
all men to repent, to turn away from their sins, and to believe 
on the Lord Jesus Christ, and come with humble hearts and 
contrite spirits, and be baptized, (immersed) in the name of 
Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins ; and they shall receive 
the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, in 
the name of Jesus, of the apostles and elders, who are sent 
forth by the church of the Saints. 

Which Holy Spirit shall bear witness of the truth of this 
message, and of the remission of the sins of all them who 
obey the same with full purpose of heart ; and shall fill their 
minds with joy and gladness, and with light and intelligence ; 
and shall also open to their understanding many things which 
are to come. 

While some shall be blessed with visions, with the ministry 
of angels, with the spirit of prophecy and revelation : 

And others, with the gift to heal the sick, or to be healed by 
anointing with oil in the name of the Lord, accompanied with 
prayer, or the laying on of hands in the name of Jesus. 

The deaf shall hear, the dumb speak, the lame walk, and 
the eyes of the blind see, inasmuch as they have faith sufficient 
to receive the same. And not many years hence, as faith, 
knowledge, union, and power increases, the dead shall be raised 
in some instances; the violence of fire be quenched ; the 
prisons rent, if necessary ; and the very elements controlledby 
the servants of God, in the name of Jesus. 

All these gifts are included in the new dispensation, and are 
to be bestowed upon man in due time, as faith shall increase. 

The church being yet in its infancy, its members have not yet 
attained to all these gifts ; but they have progressed with 
astonishing rapidity, and are in many instances, enjoying many 
of these gifts in various countries. 

I am aware that the astounding declarations contained in 
this proclamation, of necessity come in contact with the 
traditions of this and former ages ; and also with the various 
priesthoods, organizations, and ordinances of the world called 
Christian, as well as with the various religions of the Pagan, 
Mahomedan, and Jew ; but with all kindly feelings and respect 
for my fellow man, I cannot avoid this contact. I am the 
friend of man, and the friend of truth. 

I, therefore, feel myself bound to bear witness of the truth 
as it is, and was, and is to come. 

The Christian minister will inquire, " What need of a new 
dispensation, where the old has been perpetuated by an apos- 
tolical succession?" 

To which I reply, " That I know of no succession of the 
kind ; I acknowledge none ; but, for the satisfaction of others, 
I will point out the way to determine the negative or affirmative 
of that all-important question." 

Search the sacred writings of the apostles of old for any 
other order of apostles, ministers, ordinances, gifts, or powers, 
as constituting the tnie church, or connected with it, than the 
order set forth in the foregoing pages, and you will search in 
vain. The New Testament system was a system of inspira- 
tion, apostolical powers, miracles, healings, revelations, 
prophesyings, visions, angels, and all the gifts recorded in that 

It was a system of ordinances— such as baptism for remis- 
sion of sins, by immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ; 
the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Spirit ; the 
laying on of hands for healing the sick ; also anointing with oil 
for the same purpose : also the administration of bread and 
wine, in rememberance of the death of Jesus Christ, and the 
blood of atonement. 

Such was the New Testament system. Peter himself had 
no right to alter it, neither had Paul : in so doing, they would 
have forfeited their apostdic powers and their Christian stand- 
ing ; and would have been accursed, as it is written by Paul, 
" Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other 
Gospel, let him be accursed." 

This being an undeniable fact, which no man can success- 
fully controvert or deny ; the question of apostolical or church 
succession resolves itself thus : — 

Has the foregoing order of things been handed down in 
purity and power to this day ? its apostle ship, its powers of 
vision, revelation, prophecy, miracles, gifts, ordinances, and 
powers unaltered, unimpaired, unperverted ? 

If so, we have apostles, church, &c., now ; without a new 
dispensation, or a new commission. 

If not so, then there is no apostleship, no church, no 
Christian ministry and gifts on the earth, except commissioned 
by a new dispensation. 

In the latter case, I would inquire, by what standard shall 
the Millennium, the age of peace, and universal truth, and J 
knowledge be ushered in ? ^ 

By what standard shall the knowledge of the Lord cover the 
earth as the tvaters cover the sea ? 

By what standard shall there he one Lord, and his name 
one, and he he the king of all the earth, as saith the prophets? 

To what standard shall the Jews and the other tribes of 
Israel be restored, when the fulness of times is come in ? when 
their times are fulfilled ; when the full time arrives for the 
restoration of the things spoken of hy all the holy prophets 
since the world hegan ? 

In which, of all the branches of the so-called Christian 
church, shall the power and miracles of God be manifested, 
when he shall make bare his arm in the eyes of all the nations, 
in the restoration of all the tribes of Israel and Judah ? 

Will his power and wisdom be displayed to restore them to 
a broken covenant ? to doctrines corrupted ? to ordinances per- 
verted ? to a Church divided, and destitute of the miraculous 
powers and gifts ? 

In short, to Christendom, who has ruled all nations with a 
rod of iron, and made the nations and their rulers drunken 
with the wine of their abominations ? 


What then ? shall the words of the prophets fall to the 
ground unfulfilled ? 

No, NEVER ! 

Hence the unavoidable necessity of a New Dispensation, a 
new Apostolic Convmission. 

Such commission is now restored ; such dispensation Is now 
committed, and is held by the church of the Latter Day Saints, 
their apostles and elders. 

Such the cause in which martyrs have bled, and a whole 
people been disfranchised, robbed, plundered, dispersed, slan- 
dered in every possible way, and driven to the mountains and 
deserts of the American interior. 

Honest, pious, and well meaning Christians (for such there 
are in every sect under heaven) we hereby solemnly warn you, 
and intreat you, in the name of the Lord, to come out of every 
sect, and from all the Christian " JBahels ;" yea "come out of 
her my people," as saith the ancient Apostle, " for her sins 
have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her 

Come out, then, and unite with the church of the Saints, 
and henceforth devote your faith, your prayers, your strength, 
and your means to the work of God. 

This same invitation is meant for all sincere, well-meaning, 
find devoted clergymen, whether Roman or Protestant, as well 
as the other members. 

The sincere, zealous, and devoted missionaries and their 
supporters, who bear the Bible to foreign lands ; and who toil 
amid fields of ice, or burning sands ; amid deserts, mountains, 
or in the solitude of the wilderness ; or in the lone and distant 
isles, surrounded by the infinite expanse of air and ocean, because 
of their love for Jesus and their fellow man. 

To you we bring tidings of great joy ! 

The latter day glory has dawned upon the world ! 

The prayers of the faithful of all ages are heard ! 

The heavens have been again opened ! 

Angels have descended, bearing a dispensation to man I 

The Holy Ghost has been again shed forth ! 

The fulness of the Gospel is revealed ! 

The sick are healed I 

Demons are cast out \ 

The Kingdom of God has come ! 

The standard of truth and freedom is reared ! 

And to those who are in darkness a lio-ht has dawned ! 

And ere long, darkness, ignorance, and oppression shall cease 
from the earth ! 

Open your hearts, then, and receive and learn the way of 
God more perfectly ; return fully to the system of that Bible 
which you publish, and to that God whom you serve. 

And to those who are only Christians by nation, by birth, or 
by profession, and not by conduct ; I would say by the com- 
mandment of the Lord, and also by way of invitation, turn 
from all your iniquities and abominations, your lyings, deceivings, 
whoredoms, blasphemies, drunkenness, gambling, idleness, ex- 
travagance, pride, and folly. 

Also from your murders, theft, and robbery, and from all sin. 
Cease to take the name of God, the Father of Jesus Christ, in 
vain. Pledge yourselves by a covenant and a fixed purpose to 
serve the Lord, and come and be baptized in his name, and 
you shall receive remission of sins and the gift of the Holy 
Ghost. And then, if you endure to the end in keeping the 
commandments of Jesus Christ, you shall be saved in the celes- 
tial kingdom of God. You shall also have part in the first 
resurrection, which will come in a few years, and shall reign, 
in the flesh, on the earth with the King, the great Messiah, one j 
thousand years. J 



To those who are not Christian, but who worship the various 
Gods of India, China, Japan, or the Islands of the Pacific or 
Indian Oceans, we say — turn away from them ; they are no 
Gods ; they have no power. Open your ears and your hearts, 
and hear the apostles and elders of the church of the Saints. 
Learn of the true God, and of his Son Jesus Christ, who was 
dead and is alive, and shall live for evermore ; and who is your 
King, and will soon come down from the more glorious planet 
where he dwells, and reign as the King of all nations ; and 
your eyes shall see him, your acclamations hail him welcome, 
while he is crowned Lord of all. 

Open your houses and your hearts, and receive and feed the 
elders who come among you ; give them means and aid them 
in their travels; and verily your sick shall be healed, the evil 
demons which trouble you shall be cast out, and yo« shall have 
good dreams and visions of the Lord, and angels shall minister 
to some of you, and your hearts shall swell with love and glad- 
ness ; and you will feel to forsake your sins and be baptized by 
the elders ; and in so doing, they shall lay their hands 
upon you, bearing witness in your hearts of the truth, 
and enlightening your minds in the same. 



To the Jews we would say — turn from your sins and seek 
the God of your fathers. Search the prophets, for lo your 
Messiah cometh speedily, and all the Saints with him. Yea he 
will descend upon the Mount of Olives near your ancient city, 
disperse your enemies, defend Jerusalem, and establish his 
kingdom over your nation and city, and over all the earth. 

But what will be your astonishment, when gazing at him, 
and falling at the feet of HIM as your great deliverer, you dis- 
cover the wounds in his feet, in his hands, and in his side, 
and inquire, *' What are these wounds in your hands and in 
your feet ?'* 

And he will exclaim, " These are the wounds with which I 
was wounded in the house of my friends. I am Jesus of 
Nazareth whom your fathers crucified. I am the Son of God, 
your deliverer and your eternal King.'* who can describe the 
mingled feelings of joy and gladness, and gratitude, and shame, 
and remorse, and repentance, and amazement, and wonder 

■which wUl then fill your bosoms. How you will repent and 
flock to the water, and be baptized in his name for the remis- 
sion of your sins. With what power the Holy Ghost will fall 
upon you, when the apostles shall lay their hands upon your 
heads in the name of that Jesus who will stand in your presence. 
The big tears of joy will gush forth and stream upon the 
ground, while many of you will fall upon his neck, or kiss his 
feet, and bathe them in your tears. 

Blessed is he that has seen him and believed ; but more 
blessed are they who have not seen him and yet believed. 

If any of you can so far overcome your prejudices and tra- 
ditions, as to admit the probability, or even possibility, that 
Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, and that when your Messiah 
comes to fulfil your national redemption, and to establish his 
kingdom over all the earth, it will not be the first time that he 
has appeared among men, or even to your own nation ; why, 
then, search diligently on the subject, and earnestly pray to 
Jehovah that you may understand the truth of a subject of such 
thrilling and vital importance. 

After you have carefully reviewed your own prophets, search 
the New Testament with the same careful and prayerful atten- 
tion, and then obtain a copy of the Book of Mormon, and 
search that with the same deg-ree of candour and earnestness, 
and I think your minds will expand, and you will be constrained 
to say, that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ. 

. If so, then come to the standard of the New Dispensation — 
to the apostles and elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter Day Saints; for you will readily see that there is no other 
system now extant, which even resembles, or will compare at all 
w4th the system established by him and his former apostles. 
Yea, come to them, repenting and turning from your sins, and 
go down into the waters of baptism, in the name of Jesus 
Christ, the Messiah. Receive the laying on of hands for the 
gift of the Holy Ghost. You will then know the truth, and 
be prepared for less surprise and a more glorious triumph on 
the Mount of Olives, in the day of your returning King. 

I have now shown you the door of admission into the king- 
dom of God, into which you would do well to enter ; and after 
entering therein, it will be required of you to keep^ the com- 
mandments of Jesus, and to look earnestly and daily for the 
fulfilment of the prophets which speak of the restoration of 
Israel and Judah, the downfall of Gentile rule, and the pr«3va- 
lence of that kingdom which shall be universal and have no end. 

Yon would also in the meantime do well to contribute liberally 
of your means to the elders and missionaries of the church, 
for they are your brethren ; they verily believe the Prophets, 
and they look, and pray, and labor earnestly for their fulfil- 



To the Red Men of America I will next address a few lines. 
You are a branch of the house of Israel. You are descended 
from the Jews, or, rather, more generally, from the tribe of 
Joseph, which Joseph was a great prophet and ruler in Egypt. 

Your fathers left Jerusalem in the days of Jeremiah the 
prophet — being led by a prophet whose name was Lehi. 

After leaving Jerusalem, they wandered in the wilderness of 
Arabia, and along the shores of the Red Sea, for eight years, 
living on fruits and wild game. 

Arriving at the sea coast they built a ship, put on board the 
necessary provisions and the seeds brought with them from 
Jerusalem ; and setting sail they crossed the great ocean, and 
landed on the western coast of America, within the bounds of 
what is now called " Chili." 

In process of time they peopled the entire continents of 
North and South America. 

They were taught by prophets fi'om age to age. They were 
also fovored with a personal visit from the Messiah, the Lord 
Jesus Christ, after he had risen from the dead. His own 
mouth taught them the Gospel, and his own hand ordained 
twelve apostles of their own nation, and endowed them with 
the same powers as the other twelve at Jerusalem. His own 
teaching opened to them the events of unborn time, and more 
particularly the future events pertaining to the American con- 
tinent. His gospel and prophetic instructions were written by 
his commandment, and by the inspiration of his own Spirit. 

In after ages your fathers sinned against all this light and 
knowledge, and lost the gospel privileges. 

Their apostles were destroyed, or taken away and hid from the 
world. The working of miracles ceased because of iniquity. 
Civil government was broken up. Terrible and desolating 
wars ensued, which finally resulted in the darkness, ignorance, 
the divisions and sub- divisions in which the white man from 
Europe found you, upwards of three hundred years ago. 

Mormon was one of your fathers. He lived about one 
thousand four hrmdrcd years ago, in North America. He wrote 


an abridgment of your history, prophecies, and gospel, from 
the records of your more ancient prophets and apostles ; 
engraved the same on plates of gold, which records, at his death, 
descended to his son Moroni. 

This Moroni, is the last of the ancient prophets of America. 
He completed the records of Mormon on the plates, and made 
a sacred deposit of the same in a hill called Cumorah, which 
hill is now included within the limits of New York, United 

This deposit was made about the year four hundred and 
twenty of the Christian era. 

The plates, thus deposited, were taken from their place of 
deposit, in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty- 
seven of the same era, by Joseph Smith, and were by him 
translated and published to the world, in English, in the year one 
thousand eight hundred and thirty ; the records and their con- 
tents having been revealed to him by an angel of God. 

Many others saw and handled the plates and the engravings 
thereon, and have solemnly given their names to the world in 
testimony of the same, which testimony is published in full in 
said book. 

There were also three other men, who in open day saw the 
vision ; saw the angel of the Lord descend from heaven ; heard 
his voice bear record of the plates and of their correct trans- 
lation, and were commanded by him to bear testimony to the 
world. Their testimony is also published in full in said book. 

Red men of the forest ; Peruvians, Mexicans, Guatimalians, 
descendants of every tribe and tongue of this mysterious race, 
your history, your gospel, your destiny is revealed. It will 
soon be made known to you and to all nations — to every 
kindred, tongue, and people. It has come forth as a standard 
— a sign of the times of restoration of all things spoken of by 
all the holy prophets since the world began. 

Turn then from your drunkenness, idolatry, murders, wars, 
and bloodshed — yea, turn from bowing down to images, the 
work of men's hands, which have no power to do either harm 
or good ; turn from adultery, fornification, filth, and all manner of 
abominations; and seek the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who 
was once dead and is alive, and, behold, he lives for evermore. 
Seek peace with each other, and with all mankind. And vvlien 
the elders of the church of the Saints come among you, re- 
ceive them, feed, lodge, and assist them; and hearken to their 
voice, for they bring glad tidings of great joy. Put away your 


sins and be baptized, (buried in the water) in the name of Jesiig 
Christ, for the remission of the same, and receive the laying on 
of the hands of the apostles and elders of this church, for the 
gift of the Holy Ghost. And you will be filled with joy and 
gladness, with light and knowledge. You will know and bear 
witness of the truth. Some of you will be able to speak by 
the gift of the Holy Ghost, in great power. And by signs, 
and by visions, and by dreams, and by divers healings and 
miracles, will God confirm his word among you ; for, behold, 
he purposes your restoration as a righteous branch of Israel. 

The Book of Mormon, the record of your fathers, will soon 
be published among you in English, in Spanish, and in every 
written language in use among your various tribes and tongues. 
Messengers will also be sent among you to read, recite, and in- 
terpret the contents of said book, as far as necessary, to those 
who cannot read — so that to say the least you may have the 
gospel of your forefathers, and some knowledge of their history 
and prophecies. 




Having addressed myself in turn to pious Christians and 
Christian sinners. Pagans, Jews, and the Red Men of Ame- 
rica, I will now return, and again address the whole of the 
people within the bounds of my mission. 

The Book of Mormon is destined to be published as fast as 
possible to every nation, and in every laaguage and tongue. 

Its contents more deeply interest the world, and every intel- 
ligent, accountable being therein, than that of any other book 
(save the Jewish Scriptures) which is now extant in the world. 

Its history penetrates the otherwise dark oblivion of the 
past, (as regards America) through the remote ages of anti- 
quity ; follows up the stream of the generations of man, till 
arriving at the great fountain head — the distributor of nations, 
tribes, and tongues — the tower of Babel, where it ceases, or 
is lost in, and sweetly blended with, that great Adamatic river, 
whose source is in Paradise, the cradle of man — whose springs 
issue from beneath the throne of the Eternal city — and whose 
secret fountains comprise the infinite expanse, the boundless 
ocean of intellect, fact, and historic truth, as recorded in the 
archives of eternity. 

Its prophetic vision separating from its history at that definite 


point, which by its authors might be called the present, opens 
the events of unborn time, and gives a view of things to come 
with all the clearness of history. 

The Ten Tribes of Israel, the Jews, the white nations of 
Europe, the red tribes of America — even the proud states of 
the American Union — may each see themselves and their actions 
in the prophetic telescope of that book. 

Their destiny is there written : and much of it from the 
mouth of him who spake, and Jerusalem was deluged in blood 
— wrapped in the flames of desolation and death — and trodden 
down for eighteen centuries. Who prophesied, and tliat holy 
structure, the temple of God, the pride and confidence of a 
nation, was thrown down and "not one stone left upon another." 
Who uttered his voice and a nation withdrew before him, ceased 
to be, and its fragments made wanderers among the nations, 
till *' the times of the Gentiles shall he fulfilled." 

The fate of nations ; the restoration of Judah and Israel ; 
the downfall of corrupt churches and religious institutions ; the 
end of Gentile superstition and misrule ; the universal preva- 
lence of peace, and truth, and light, and knowledge ; the awful 
wars and troubles which precede those happy times ; the 
glorious coming of Jesus Christ as king over all the earth ; the 
resurrection of the saints to reign on the earth, are all pre- 
dicted in that book : the time and means of their fulfilment 
pointed out with clearness, showing the present age more big 
with wonders, than all the ages of Adam's race which have 
gone before it. 

Its doctrines are developed in such plainness and simplicity, 
and with such clearness and precision, that no man can mis- 
take them. They are there as they flowed from the mouth of 
a risen Redeemer, in the liquid eloquence of love, mingled 
with immortal tears of joy and compassion, and as written by 
men whose tears of overflowing affection and gratitude bathed 
his immortal feet. 

All men are invited and instructed by the doctrines to turn 
from their sins and live ; to believe on his name ; to go down 
into the waters of baptism, in his name, and arise to newness 
of life, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, enjoying the gifts 
of the same, and keeping his commandments to the end of 
their lives. On these conditions they are promised eternal life 
and exaltation in his presence, where is fulness of joy. 

Such is the Book of Mormon, that book of books — that 
Ensign to the nations, which in twenty-one years has, by the 


aid of apostolic powers and the gift of the Holy Ghost, diffused 
its light over half the globe. 

I am aware of the prejudice of ''Christians'* in favor of 
the Bible, and against all other books claiming to be of divine 
origin ; but I also know perfectly, and bear record that their 
prejudice is founded in ignorance, and is without any real or 
reasonable foundation. Such traditions and such prejudices 
grow out of the same narrow views which, in the clays of 
Columbus, would not let the geographical knowledge of man 
expand, or his aspirations or thoughts to reach beyond the 
boundaries of the old world, lest the very thought should be 
blasphemy — lest a world should be discovered where the Jewish 
apostles had not been, and thus render their commission to 
preach the gospel to every creature, an inconsistency. 

I would ask such narrow minds the following questions : — 

Are there more countries than one ? 

Are there more nations than one ? 

Did the Great Father of all, create those several countries ? 

Did he people them with intelligent beings, candidates for 
immortality and eternal life ? 

Did he love those beings without respect to nation or country ? 

Did his Son Jesus Christ shed his blood for all ? 

Did all partake of death, and mourning and sorrow ? 

Did all stand in need of the knowledge and comfort brought 
to light by his resurrection, and triumph over death, hell, and 
the grave ? 

Is it reasonable, right, and consistent, that all nations should 
■ have the good news of so glorious an event, and be comforted 
and taught ? 

Was Jesus Christ in his resurrected body, capable of over- 
stepping the physical barriers of ocean and desert, and of paying" 
a personal visit to the other hemisphere ? 

Were his angels capable of overcoming the wave and winds, 
and of bearing the glad tidings to the remotest lands ? 

Did they mean it when they said to the shepherds of Judea, 
*' IVe hring glad tidings of great joy which shall he to all 
people .«"' 

I think a candid man will answer all these questions in the 

If so, I would still inquire whether a risen Saviour and his 
angels, in visiting the Western hemisphere, had a right to 
command the people there to write the facts of their ministry, 
and to record their doctrines? Whether his Spirit had a right 


to inspire and indite those writings ? And after being so 
written, they would constitute a book ; a holy scripture ; a 
volume or volumes of the word of God ? 

I would further inquire, whether the risen Jesus and his 
angels, have not the right and the power to reveal such records 
to the world ; when, where, and by whom it seemeth them good ? 

If so, when should we look for them to come to the know- 
ledge of the world, if not in the dawn of the restoration of all 
things which God hath spoken by the mouths of all his holy 
prophets since the world began ? 

I beseech you, dear reader, -whoever you are, to ponder well these questions, 
and they will swell and enlarge your heart. 

I now solemnly pre'dict, in the name of the Lord God of Israel, that in a few 
years, the world shall bring together and compare ancient records, as sacred and 
as true as the words of Jesus Christ — as holy as the Bible. Records which un- 
fold the gospel of the Sou of Grod, revealed, at least, to three distinct nations of 
the earth, by his own ministry in his glorified body. 

I will also name these records : as follows : — 

Records of the Jews, (the Bible) written in Asia. 

Records of the remnant of Joseph, the Nephites, (Book of Mormon) written 
in America. 

Records of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel : country not yet revealed. 

These three national records will be familiarly known among the nations, in a 
few years : will be demonstrated as to their truth ; and each of them will con- 
tain an account of the ministry of Jesus Christ to their respective countries, as 
he did really appear to them after his resurrection. The words which he spake, 
the doctrine he taught, the gospel and ordinances as he set forth and commanded, 
will be written in each record. 

In Judea, he chose and ordained twelve apostles, viz., Simon Peter, Andrew, 
James, John, Philip, Bartholemew, Matthew, Thomas, James, Simon Zelotes, and 
Judas Iscariot. 

In America, he chose and ordained twelve apostles, viz., Nephi, Timothy, 
Jonas, Mathoni, Mathonihah, Kumen, Kumenonhi, Jeremiah, Shemnon, Jonas, 
Zedekiah and Isaiah. 

In the country of the Ten Tribes, he, of course, chose other twelve, whose 
names will appear in due time. 

Besides these records of his personal ministry, there were many of other 
countries and nations, (which held no communication with the nations were these 
administrations were had, and these quorums chosen) which received a know- 
lodge of his death and resurrection, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. They have, 
also, written an account of the same. 

Now, all these records which are saved, and which contain the word of God, 
will come to light and be revealed. There is nothing hid which shall not be 
made known ; neither is there anything secret which shall not be revealed and 
come abroad, in connection with the '' times of the restoration of all things, 
which God hath spoken hy the mouths of all his holy prophets since the world 

" The Jews shall have the words of the A^ej^hiies ; and the Nephites 
shall have the words of the Jews. And the Nephites and the Jews, 
shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes 
of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and of the Jews." 
And thus the word of God shall be brought together and embodied. 


And the Nations who have written it, shall be brought together and embodied also. 
And the things of all Nations shall be revealed ; and the earth be overwhelmed 
with the knowledge of the Past, the Present and the Future ; and darkness, bigotry, 
superstition, and falsehoods of every description, shall flee away as the fleeting 
shadow of a cloud, from off all the earth. 

The inquiry will be. What are the evidences upon which rests the truth of the 
Book of Mormon ? To which I answer : Search the book and learn for yourselves. 
You will find, 

First — The testimony of the witnesses. 

Second — The consistency, harmony, and evident truthfulness of its history 
and prophecies. 

Third — The simplicity and purity of its doctrines. 

And last, and best of all — The gift of the Holy Spirit of truth, which bears 
witness to the heart of every honest, prayerful man, who desires to know and do 
the truth. ^ 

Truth is light. 

Light is spirit. 

Light cleaveth unto light. 

Truth embraceth truth. 

Intelligence comprehendeth intelligence. 

Spirit recognizeth spirit. 

Like embraceth like in all spiritual things. 

These are some of the laws of nature in the spiritual world, and are as true, and 
as capable of demonstration, as any physical law of the universe. 

Two balls of quicksilver placed in contact, immediately recognize and embrace 
each other. Two blazes of fire, placed in near contact, will immediately spring 
toward each other and blend in one. Two drops of water placed upon a table 
will remain in a round or globular form, until they are enlarged so as to expand 
their circles ; when, as they mutually touch each other, they will instantly mingle 
and become one globular form. So it is in spiritual things. There is in every 
man a portion of the spirit of truth ; a germ of light : a spiritual test or touch- 
stone, which, if strictly observed, studied, and followed by its possessor, will wit- 
ness to him ; and will, as it were, leap forward with a warm glow of joy and 
sympathy, to every truthful spirit with which it comes in contact : while by a shudder 
of disgust, it will recognize a false spirit, a lie. Call this spiritual magnetism, or 
what you please ; it is so, and is a law of nature. 

Herein consists the mystery of the agency of man. 

This is the reason why a man is under condemnation for rejecting any spiritual 
truth ; or, for embracing any spiritual error. 

A man's deeds are evil. His monitor is unheeded; his good angel, and the 
good spirit within, is grieved : and, after many admonitions which are not heeded, 
they retire, and leave him in the dark. He loves his own. He cleaves to a lie 
— he rejects the truth — darkness still increases: the world, the flesh, and the 
evil demons allure him onward, till death closes the scene, and ushers his spirit 
from the rudimental state of man, into the next sphere. When his evil demons 
and companions in darkness surround him, and dwell with him. Each contributes 
his portion of thte darkness ; till cloud mingled with cloud, envelopes the whole 
in black despair, obscures the vision, forbids the eye to behold, the tongue to-utter, 
or the pen to describe. 

On the other hand, a man's deeds are good ; as saith the Scriptures — " He 
that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest that 
they are wrought in God." 

He obeys this monitor within him. He welcomes to his bosom every true and 
holy principle within his reach — he puts it into practice^ and seeks for more : his 


miud expands : the field of intelligence opens around, above, beneath him : wide 
and more widely extends the vision : the past, the present, the future, opens to 
his view. Earth, with its tribes ; heaven, with its planets and intelligences ; the 
heaven of heavens, with its brilliant circles of suns, and their myriads of angels 
and sons of God, basking in sun-beams of pure intelligence ; and streams of 
light and love. Each adding to, and mingling in the light of the other, till the 
whole enlightens the vast universe, both spiritual and physical ; and the vision 
loses itself in its very immensity, on the confines of its own infinitude. 

Let a person look back on his past life, carefully review and examine the dayy 
of his innocent childhood, his first approaches to temptation, immorality, or 
crime. Does he not remember to have felt a disagreeable burning in his bosom ; 
a disgust, a trembling of nerve and muscles, a hesitation ; in short a something 
disapproving of the act he was about to commit? And, if he still persisted, did 
not this burning and uneasy feeling increase almost to a fever. 

Well, reader, this was ycur monitor. The Spirit of God within you. Had 
you heeded it, it would have kept you from every temptation and crime. 

On the other hand, do you not lemember, many times in the course of your 
life ; of a fire, a warm glow of joy ; a pleasing burning or sensation of pure light 
and pleasure, in your bosom, approving of a good act, or prompting you to do the 
same ? In short, a feeling of pure good will, kind sympathy, and boundless love 
to all good intelligences, and to man ? A purifying of heart and sentiment, as if 
you would wish to do good continually, and never sin ? 

That was the promptings of the spark of divinity within you. It was the teach- 
ings, inspirations, and whisperings of that light, which lighteth every man that 
Cometh into the world. It is sweeter than honey ; more harmonious than music; 
more pure than the drops of dew on the roses of Paradise ; more tender than the 
apple of thine eye ; and more valuable than the gold of Australia. Blessed are 
they who cultivate and nourish it in their bosoms, and carry it out in their lives; 
for it is an emanation from the fountain of eternal life : and those who follow up 
from whence it came, will arrive at that fountain, as surely as a sunbeam leads 

upward to the centre of light. 



Having borne my teptimony, as a faitkful and true witness, of the gospel, and 
of things past, present, and to come; I will now give some information on the 
subject of the laws and governments of men ; and the duties we owe to them, and 
the duties we sustain to them, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ in all 
the world. 

Every government of man is permitted by the Lord, and is needful, until he 
reigns whose right it is to reign ; and until he subdues all enemies under his feet. 

We are not sent forth to revolutionize the world in a political sense; but to 
warn the world of approaching events, instruct the ignorant, and call sinners to 

The laws of every land will be our law, in a civil and political sense of the word. 

We are in duty bound to obey magistrates, judges, rulers, governors and kings, 
who hath the legitimate rule in the various countries where we live, or where we 
travel, or sojourn. 

If the spirit of modern European and American institutions, pertaining to 
liberty of conscience; and a free interchange of intercourse, thought, and speech, 
marches onward from conquest to conquest ; and thus opens the way for all nations 
to difi"use their light and interchange their knowledge ; then let us rejoice in the 
same, and improve the opportunity to declare the testimony of Jesus, and publish 
the gospel of salvation, the guod news of eternal life ; wherever the foot of man 
has made an imprint; wherever sorrow and tears, and mourning and death, have 
east their shaddows of despair. 


If the still advancing improvements in steam navigation, of railroad conveyance^, 
and electric communication, follow universally in the wake of freedom's triumphs 
and conquests ; then ye saints of the Most High ! ye elders and apostles of Israel 
Let fly your thoughts on the lightning car, 
With the speed of light to the realms afar. 
Mount, mount the car with the horse of fire, 
Outstript the wind ! he will never tire. 
Let the wild-bird scream as he lags behind, 
And the hurricane a champion find. 
Search the darkest spot where mortals dwell, 
With a voice of thunder the tidings tell. 
Proclaim the dawn of a brighter day. 
When the King of Kings will his sceptre sway. 
Bid pain, and anguish, and sorrow cease. 
And open the way for the Prince of Peace. 
He will conquer death — bid sorrow flee, 
And give to the nations a jubilee. 
As you travel from one nation to another, you will find their laws, religions, 
ordinances, ceremonies, institutions, domestic arrangements, marriages, &c., &c., 
widely clashing, and at variance with each other, and with the laws of God. 

But, remember that yours is a universal commission, of peace on earth and 
good will to man. 

Yours is a proclamation of universal reformation and repentance. You are 
sent forth as the ambassadors of the King, the Lord Jesus Christ ; to command 
all persons who have arrived to the years of accountability, to repent and be 
baptized in his name, for the remission of sins. You are sent forth to administer 
the gift of the Holy Ghost, by the laying on of hands in the same holy name. 

You are sent forth to bear witness of the truth of this dispensation, and of a 
crucified and risen Saviour. You are sent forth to prophecy, and warn the world 
of things to come. 

You are sent forth to lay your hands on the little children of the members of 
the church, and bless them, and confirm upon them their Christian names, as 
members and heirs of the covenant of promise. 

You are sent forth to baptize the nations, and thus prepare the way for the 
coming of the Son of God. You are sent forth to lay your hands on the sick, 
the lame, the blind, the deaf, the afflicted of every description, who believe in 
your testimony, and have faith to be healed. Yea, verily, to lay your hands on 
them, and anoint them in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 

You are sent forth to command demons, devils, and unclean and foul spirits of 
every kind, in the name of Jesus Christ, to depart from the tabernacles of per- 
sons afflicted ty them. 

You are sent forth to preach deliverance to the captive, to bind up the broken 
hearted, and to comfort all who mourn ; to proclaim the acceptable year of the 
Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God. 

You are not sent forth to intermeddle witji the civil, political, or domestic in- 
stitutions, established by law, and rendered sacred by antiquity, or long estab- 
lished usage ; except in so far, as those institutions come in contact with liberty 
of ; and the commandments of Jesus Christ. When the latter is the 
case, you must obey God rather than man, and take the consequences, or flee to 
another place. 

President of the Pacific Mission op the 

Church of. Jesus Christ op Latter Day Saints. 

William. Baker, Phinteb, Hibernian Press, King-stheei;.